This bridge was removed in 2016 after being replaced with a new bridge to the east.
It looks like phase 1 has been completed. The bridge has been removed.
I never got to see this classic. Open deck bridge with a wooden floor, 'total length: 400.8 ft.' what monster it must have been.
Thank You to Jennifer Cleveland for contributing this photo to BridgeHunter.com for history and for allowing me to post it here.
The City of North Little Rock has signed over ownership of the bridge to the railroad who intends to demolish it.
Correction to caption in Photo above which now states:
"Route of Beale road in Eastern Oklahoma
Shows the Beale road to Fort Smith across the Poteau river."
Correction to caption:
"Route of Beale Survey of 1858 in Eastern Oklahoma (Indian Territory). Shows Beale's survey route from Fort Smith across the Poteau river."
The important point is the map shows the route of Beale's survey not the finished wagon road from Fort Smith to Skullyville. I spent several months incorrectly thinking the map showed the Beale Wagon Road following the Butterfield Trail route, using the downtown ferry across the Poteau. The actual Whipple Iron Bridge crossing of the Poteau was nearly seven miles upriver (south) of the ferry site.
When was this ferry replaced by the bridge?
The Burr stone implanted into the pier is a nice touch!
My uncle Leonard Rogers lived across the road from this bridge when I was little in the 60's. I remember crossing this bridge to get to a Hay field. It was pretty scary then. Boards missing etc. I will ask my mother about the mill.
If I lived there I would make a killer pier out of that bridge!
Is there a place left to put a boat in Smiley bayou ? Have not been there to fish in several years. The question where it is try cr54.
Given the 3 ton weight limit, I'm awfully surprised at how tall they allow. I can't imagine many vehicles at even 8' tall are 3 tons or less, and a lower max height would reduce the chances of another overweight vehicle damaging it.
February 24, 2019. Great bridge, My wife wanted to get out of the truck and walk across instead of riding. Said it was too scary. Good pictures of it on this website. Thanks for posting.
As of Feb. 2019, my research indicates that the site of the two-span Whipple Bowstring Iron Bridge completed in 1860 for the Beale Wagon Road crossing of the Poteau River was located just below the mouth of Cedar Creek. This location is about 400 yards west of the Tri-State Speedway, along the north side of US 271, OK 9 & 112, about 1.73 miles into Oklahoma from the Arkansas state line (at the Choctaw Pocola Casino) in southern Fort Smith (extension of I 540).
This Whipple Iron Bridge was destroyed in April 1861, probably by Federal cavalry as they evacuated Fort Smith and headed west on the Beale Wagon Road into Indian Territory, and later to Kansas. It appears that a second iron bridge was built at the same location sometime after 1870 and served until near Oklahoma statehood.
...And unfortunately it still happens!
So perhaps an older bridge that was moved to this location at some point between 1936-1956. And like so many times I have seen before the 1930 date was a poor default date!?
This one is a real head scratcher. The 1936 General History and Transportation Map of Yell County doesn't show a bridge or road here. The map shows plenty of other minor county roads, though.
The 1956 edition of the county map does clearly show the bridge and road.
So does this mean the bridge wasn't installed here until after 1936? Or was it merely omitted from the map?
Truck in the river after collapse. Picture by yell county emergency Mngmint
Truck in the river after collapse. Picture by yell county emergency Mngmint
Both the Vincennes Bridge Company and the Elkhart Bridge & Iron Company did build some pinned spans later than some of the other fabricators... But I've not personally seen any later than about 1920.
Arkansas has other pin-connected bridges that are documented to have been built after 1920.
In this case, the state's historic bridge inventory, National Register nomination, and the National Bridge Inventory data all say 1930. That's all we have unless somebody can find more specific evidence this bridge was built earlier.
Probably referencing the same pdf I linked below, supporting the plausibility of clerical error.
Well the government says it was built in 1930
I would suggest James Baughn consider doing a sweep of the database, cross referencing all instances where "pin connected" occurs in any date greater than say 1919. This should generate a relatively short list that could be checked manually... 90% of results returned would be bad dates and should be removed. Especially the ones that are rounded numbers (1930, 1920, etc) as those are almost always "default" dates when construction date is unknown. But the newspapers don't know that.
Truck Drivers Wanted. Do you have a blood pulse? You can be a truck driver!
Common Sense: Optional!
Concern for Safety: Optional!
Date seems to stem from http://www.arkansaspreservation.com/National-Register-Listin..., which makes me think a clerical error may have led to 1903 becoming 1930.
(Blows whistle and throws yellow flag) "The listed construction date of 1930 is under review". (5 minutes later) "After further review, the ruling on the field has been overturned. This bridge has pinned connections and was not built in 1930."
Super Bowl references aside, I can guarantee you that this bridge was not built in 1930. By 1930, pinned connections had been replaced with riveted connections, even in the most rural, remote, and inaccessible parts of the country. I would suggest that this bridge was built Circa 1900 to 1910.
Now, I suppose there is a possibility that the bridge could have been disassembled and re-erected here in 1930. Likewise it could have possibly been rehabilitated in 1930.
1) "According to the website bridgehunter.com this bridge was built in 1930." Gee, we have that good of a reputation so as to end up in news reporting?
2) "The sheriff says the driver was following GPS instructions and that this bridge is not fit for a truck of that size."
This moron deserves whatever (reasonable) punishment should come his way.
Bridge was posted for 5 Tons just over 10 years ago... I assume it was still at that or less.
Another blind truck driver!
I am sorry to report that tonight 1/30/19 around 8 p.m. the Dale Bend Bridge was collapsed by a Semi Truck. Photo by Trisha Holt / Galla Rock Volunteer Fire Dept.
The railroad swing truss bridge at Cotter was designed to swing open so that steamboats (with tall smoke stacks) could pass through when going up or down stream.
It is common that many call this type through bridge as a "Pratt" Truss. But it is not. It is a "Howe" Truss.
This through truss bridge at Cotter is really a "Howe" truss design. A Howe Truss is an upside-down Pratt.
For a "Pratt" type, when supported by piers on each end, the diagonal structural members (within the truss) slope downward in the direction to the center of the span.
For a "Howe" type, when supported on each ends by piers,
structural diagonal members within the truss slope downward in the direction of the ends of the span.
In the "Howe" design, (all but one) vertical structural members are in tension, directly holding up the bridge's deck below.
For the "Pratt" type, when supported on each end by piers, within the truss it has sloped diagonal downward members that point towards the center of the truss; and those "diagonal" members are in tension holding up the bridge's deck below. Just the opposite as in the Howe design where it pulls up "vertically".
If the Cotter "Howe" bridge was swung open, then the center bridge pier holds up the entire through truss bridge. The end piers no longer hold the truss bridge up. During the open period all the prior tension structural members become in compression. During the open period all the prior compression structural members become in tension. In the open position the bridge become a double cantilever structure. Since the Howe truss design has structural diagonal members sloping downward towards the bridge's ends, when swung open, those sloped members are pulling on the bottom of the truss, to effectively hold up the ends from straining downward.
The Howe and Warren truss designs are desired for swing bridges with only a center pior (when opened). For truss bridges that are not to be swung open, the truss can be either a Pratt, a Howe or the Warren design.
Take a look at;
no trusses are standing, the other bridge is not far from collapsing in places
I think it would be prudent not to say that the bridge
swung open only once! That should be deleted. It is not needed in the description.
There are some people in Mountain Home, AR
that think that is not the case.
A few steamboat records imply they went
north from Buffalo City.
Just a few times, but can not be proven since
the St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad
did not have any records. Many steamboats even operated at night.
Yeah, this isn't railroad.
Random internet guy here--- I think the Barkshed bridge is WPA/CCC road bridge circa late 1930s, not MN&A. The MN&A in Stone County was to the Southwest and there was a stop at Arlburg. This is fresh to me because parts of the Ozark HIghlands Trail and the Buffalo River Trail are on old road beds, and we've hiked both sections recently. Really nice trails, and the Buffalo River Trail downstream from Gilbert leads to the piers of the MN&A bridge over the Buffalo.
What a jewel. Taken November 2018
To get to the other side.
Why did you add imagery of the bridge in Texas at the original location?
My parents were both born and raised in Cleburne County and my Grandma lived in Heber Springs on Hwy 110. From 1965 to 1972 we made several trips from Fresno California in our 1965 Chevy Impala.I remember several times Daddy would drive across that one lane bridge really fast, and as soon as we got to the other side he'd flip a U-turn and we would watch that thing swing back and forth! It was so exciting! Of coarse my mom made Daddy pull the car over so she could get out. But my sister and I would scream and giggle the whole time! I really miss Daddy...great memories.
Just saw the video showing the bus crossing the bridge.Can't believe how the bridge didn't collapse from the weight.The video shows everything.You can see the bridge deck moving under the bus.
Touring coach GVWR 53,000 lb or roughly 25 tons. Find and fine the bozo and his company.
Are you sure that the weight of the bus was "at least three times" the 10 ton rating? A quick google has much lower values than that.
that states a typical (transit, can't find tour bus info) bus is curb weight of 20-33,000lb (10-16.5 tons), and GVWR 30-44,000lb (15-22 tons). Still way heavier than should be on the bridge, but 60,000lb/30 tons is far higher than I'd expect given that the maximum allowed weight for a semi (with far more axles) is generally 72,000lb/36 tons.
Fortunately, the bridge appears to have suffered no damage according to ARDOT, but the bus driver needs to fined at the very least
Let's catch the stupid bus driver for crossing this fragile bridge with an overloaded tour bus, shall we? This is SO not cool! https://bridgehunterschronicles.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/ove...
I did a quick field visit to this bridge today. It is still open to traffic. The new bridge is still a long ways from being completed so you probably have at least a few more months to see this bridge. The Center span of the new bridge still has no I beams in place. I was surprised as I figured that it would be much farther along by this time.
That being said, you will want to get here as quick as you can. This bridge will not be around forever and it is very much worth seeing.
I drove across this bridge today. All I can say is, wow!
I did not have time to take photos and document the bridge because I was trying to get to Paducah, Kentucky. The bridge is open to traffic and the road is paved at both ends. This bridge is easy to visit if you are driving past on Highway 67.
I'm pretty sure this bridge has been replaced.
I recently purchased an old photo album of postcard size photos of construction of the mulberry river bridge Franklin co.Arkansas. They have white lettering on front with info like a rppc just no postage or ink on reverse. If anyone is interested in purchasing email me. They have interesting equipment and crews at work. Some pages are written with markings for example " M-3 B-15" thanks.
Thanks for sharing Tony!
Featured in teaser trailer for True Detective 3
I fish this area a lot and live only mins away. This bridge is referred to locally as "Old Town Bridge". Pretty neat site y'all have here. I just stumbled upon it looking online for bridges to fish. Lol Next time I'm fishing in the area I'll snap y'all a pic.
When I was going to college at ASU in Jonesboro, and going home to Searcy, ever so often I'd take US 64. More than once, I got stuck on this bridge with farm equipment coming towards me. Driving in reverse off this bridge wasn't a lot of fun.
Creation of the Gardens began in 1956.
This was not a Mo Pac bridge. It was part of the Missouri North Arkansas or Missouri and Arkansas line. It was removed not long after the line from Harrison to Cotton Plant was removed circa 1947-48.
Actually these first nine images are of the old 70 bridge and not the 7 bridge. As I mentioned in a previous comment, I have crossed this bridge countless times since 1975. I can find old photos and more current ones to prove that these first nine photos are NOT the 7 bridge.
That first picture is the 70 bridge not the 7 bridge. I can go back and tell you which numbers are the 70 bridge versus the 7 bridge. I have crossed these bridges countless times since 1975.
Work has started in the restoration of this bridge, which is estimated to cost $2.8 million.
You can also see pictures and more information about the organization which was founded to preserve the bridge, etc at: https://www.salinecrossing.com/ (Photos from May 2018: https://www.salinecrossing.com/photos)
Hi, would love for Mr.Houp to get in touch with me. I read his book on the Plumlee family when I was 12 years old. I'm 45 now and I have been researching on the family for over 33 years now. Thank you Mr. Houp. I just missed you about 3 or 4 years ago I was in Berryville Arkansas at the court house researching. The kind ladies told me I just missed you by about 10 minutes and that you were there researching Bridges
7-7-18 Is the bridge intact now ? Is it near County Road 36 ?
We don't know, we're not a governmental agency.
Why itís been closed for months ???
How much longer ???
June 20 2018
There is now a Facebook page dedicated to saving this bridge: https://www.facebook.com/Bigwhiteriverbridge/
According to the latest update, the group was given an additional 45 days on May 24th to save the bridge.
NBI suggests this was likely abandoned circa 1962.
I visited this bridge on 5-13-2018. It is totally within the bounds of Craighead County by approximately 1/2 mile.
A few pictures taken 4-18-2018.
It's hard for me to believe that the White river was a navigable steam to begin with. That being said,I think the placement of the the swing pier could interrupt the natural flow of the river and cause it to change course. I've been to Cotter and the river there looks more like a float trip stream. Can't imagine any steam boats going by here.
Please stay out of the tunnel for your safety. My aunt said be very careful where you go some of the neighbors are not so friendly.
Yes, there was a bridge before this bridge per HAER documentation, but I am not sure what type it was. It was noted that the previous bridge was in good condition, the main reason it was replaced was its design load capacity was not high enough. So it is quite possible you found remnants of the previous bridge.
I am sad to report that this bridge has been demolished. According to the AR Dept. of Transportation, the date plaque from the bridge has been donated to the Natural Dam Community Center to be displayed there. The photo below was taken a few days before the bridge was taken down.
When was this railroad bridge built?
downstream of the current bridge, back in the woods on the opposite side of the river, there appears to be another base for a previous bridge...I know this one was built in 1931, but was there one before this? Pic attached.
Judge gives 90 days to save Clarendon Bridge
The destroyed bridge was a truss, but its replacement isn't, so this should be 2 separate entries. One for the bridge that was destroyed by a tornado, another entry for the replacement, plus a third entry for the ferry AHTD ran while the new bridge was being built.
This bridge is more commonly known as the Edgemont Bridge, connecting Greers Ferry to Edgemont across Greers Ferry Lake.
The current bridge is also the second bridge at the site. "Rehabilitated" is a gentle word for "replacing entire span after original bridge was destroyed by a tornado."
For more information, including updates on who built the new bridge, see Page 13 of this Summer 1985 issue of Arkansas Highways, published by the state's transportation department: https://tinyurl.com/y825mol5
You'll have to ask HAER about the milkman. It's their photo.
Drove over this one last year. An African American family was walking down the side of the road. I briefly crossed the centerline to give them room.
As I progressed farther down the road, another driver got very irate with me for giving them room. Crazy! I hope it was not racist.
Can somebody please dumb this down to a Kardashian level for me? I am not quite getting the connection between this bridge and the milkman...
I visited this bridge on 2-27-18. Based on the level of completion on the new bridge, I'm guessing this one will survive one more Summer
This bridge is just north of several bridge replacements along US 63. It does not appear to be endangered at this time.
Bridge has been closed due to flood damage to one of the timber columns
Bridge is open with 3 Ton Weight Limit and 8 foot vertical clearance.
Bridge is closed to the public behind a locked gate. Possibly a privately-owned hunting area?
I visited this on 27 January and work has yet to begin on its replacement. Only thing I saw were some survey markers.
I visited this bridge on 27 January. Work has just barely begun (mostly clearing vegetation) so there is still time to visit before it goes away.
This photo is leaving Shaw Bridge, on Grand headed into Haskell, Arkansas. This photo is to show the road you must travel to get there. Dirt/grated gravel.
Shaw Bridge 2017
This photo is from 2017. Shaw Bridge has quite a bit of character. The bride is a one lane Pony Truss. The bridge has been graffiti pained over the years, but looking over the side of the bridge offers a calendar picture view. The road to get there is grated dirt/gravel, but a trip worth going to.
The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority was originally going to reuse this bridge, but has changed their mind. It is now scheduled to be demolished by the end of January 2018.
Bridge is gone
Here are construction plans for the suspension bridge.
However, I believe that the suspension bridge crossed Kings River a little further north as shown here:
New bridge is complete and open to traffic. The sharp bend in the road at US 71 has been removed.
I have looked for pictures of this bridge for years. I remember being a three-year-old riding with my mom to Little Rock from Dardanelle. Crossing this bridge brought fear to me because the bridge was so narrow. I was terrified of it. Now I can see the beauty in it. Thank you for posting this picture.
They are in the final stages of completion of a new bridge being built on the south side of the existing bridge. It has been elevated and a new road is built to it, eliminating the hill downward to it. It looks safer - due to numerous wrecks that have occurred there in the past several years with gas industry trucks.
I don't know what they are planning with the old bridge.
Enjoyed this gem today! What an awesome old bridge
Is there still river traffic through bridge; I have 50' boat, wish to navigate black river to black rock????
Excellent news article about an award for this project. http://thecabin.net/local/news/2017-11-05/bridge-project-rec...